Germany Commits 37 Million Euros to Support Regional Integration in East Africa

The Federal Republic of Germany and the East African Community (EAC) successfully concluded bilateral negotiations on development cooperation on 30 September 2015 in Arusha. Germany committed a total of 37 million euros in grants to the EAC for 2016-2018, highlighting the strong commitment to support the integration process in East Africa.

20 million euros in financial assistance will be invested in support to health and water projects, while 17 million euros in technical assistance are committed to further support of the economic integration process, including a contribution to the EAC Partnership Fund. The programme is focusing on institutional strengthening of the EAC Secretariat and on supporting the implementation of the Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union Protocols. Germany will continue its support to the pharmaceutical sector in the region, including the establishment of a regional quality infrastructure for the pharmaceutical sector.

Only one week earlier, German Ambassador Kochanke and EAC Secretary General Sezibera had signed a financial agreement to commit 30 million euros for live-saving vaccines in the EAC and the establishment of the EAC Regional Centre of Excellence for Health Supply Chain Management in Kigali.

Germany has announced its willingness to provide an additional 3 million euros in technical assistance for the region’s crisis response capacity in order to strengthen the pandemic preparedness in the EAC.

Since cooperation began in 1998 the total volume of German support to the EAC amounts to almost 213 million euro. Germany also has substantial bilateral cooperation with all five EAC member states.

Source: Joint Press Release of the EAC and the German Embassy, 30 September 2015